P.R. Pisharoty Memorial Lecture by   Dr. Muralee Thummarukudy at KSCSTE- KFRI, Thrissur on 27 December 2023 at 10.30 AM

Topic: Global Initiatives on Land restoration: Unique Opportunities and Challenges for Kerala

Dr. Muralee Thummarukudy is Director of the G20 Global Initiative at UNCCD headquarters in Bonn, is an esteemed expert in disaster response. His extensive experience includes leading environmental recovery efforts post-conflicts and disasters across over 35 countries. Prior to his role at the UN, he advised Shell Group in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. With a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and a fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, he’s also a recognized author in Malayalam.
Prof. G.N. Ramachandran Memorial Lecture by Dr. S C Mande for Director General CSIR, New Delhi, at Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Trivandrum on 12 January 2024 at 10.30 AM   Topic: G.N. Ramachandran and Development of Structural Sciences in India  
Dr. Shekhar C. Mande, a structural and computational biologist, served as the Director General of CSIR and Secretary of DSIR, Ministry of Science and Technology in India. Previously, he led the National Centre for Cell Science in Pune. His contributions earned him the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Biological sciences (2005). He has held positions on several national and international committees, including those at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Italy and councils at institutions like TIFR, Indian Institute of Science, and others. Presently, he chairs the Governing Board of the National Council of Science Museums and serves as the National President of Vijnana Bharati, a significant science movement in India
Prof. Thanu Padmanabhan Memorial Lecture by Prof. Ajith Parameswaran, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, TIFR, Bengaluru on 18 January 2024 at 2.00 PM at M.G. University, Kottayam   Topic: Universe: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Dr. Ajith Parameswaran is a professor at International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS) Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Bengaluru. After his M.Sc from School of Pure and Applied Physics (M.G. University), Dr. Ajith took his Ph.D. from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Prof. Ajith holds expertise in gravitational-wave astronomy, encompassing modelling gravitational-wave sources, analyzing gravitational-wave data, interpreting gravitational-wave observations, testing general relativity using gravitational-wave observations, and astrophysics. His research has significantly contributed to recent discoveries in gravitational-wave astronomy, including deciphering the LIGO discovery of gravitational waves.

Dr. P.K. Iyengar Memorial Lecture by Dr. Dinesh Kumar Aswal, Senior Member, Trombay Council, BARC on 22 January 2024, 10.30 AM at KSCSTE-CWRDM, Kozhikode  


Topic: Radiation, Nuclear Energy and Environment

Dr. Dinesh Kumar Aswal is a senior member of Trombay Council (TC) – the APEX decision making body at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) – and holds several key positions of Director, Health Safety and Environment Group (HS&EG), Associate Director, Medical Group, and Director, National Radiation Emergency Response (Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India). Dr. Aswal implemented redefined international system of units (the SI) based on the fundamental and atomic constants in the country on May 20, 2019. He architected the National Atomic Clock Ensemble to generate Indian Standard Time (IST) that registered an accuracy of 2.8 nanosecond (one of the best in the world). He has indigenously developed several key technologies for India’s nuclear program including single crystal for radiation detectors, hydrogen-sulphide and ammonia gas sensors for heavy water plants, catalyst bearing cards for mitigation of hydrogen in nuclear reactors, and thermoelectric power-generators for conversion of waste heat into electricity.